While Joe Biden is preparing to take oath as the president of the US, his old friends in Iran, a terror-patron nation have started massive campaign to rush the incoming administration into immediately rejoining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal, as well, it also wants Biden administration to severely punish Donald Trump and the members of his administration for the “crime” of devastating the Iranian regime by imposing series of sanctions. Iranian leaders have suddenly increased the frequency of issuing threats – which is a part of its fear-mongering tactics and boosting up its military adventurism in the region. Tehran also is injecting large amount of cash towards anti-Trump bloc through third parties.
Last week, Iranian authorities began enriching uranium to 20 percent purity at the underground Fordow nuclear facility, meaning it is now just a short technical step away from weapons-grade level. During Trump’s presidency, Iran did not dare doing this as it knew, the US president would take tougher actions – including military options, in addition to the sanctions. But now, Iran has no fear of any sort of “hostility” from Washington, as it has an old friend in the White House, along side hundreds of its “friends” and supporters right inside the Democratic Party as well as the upcoming administration.
Iran’s notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized a South Korean-flagged ship last week, which IRGC claimed was carrying thousands of tons of ethanol, in the Gulf. This alarmed the US State Department, with a spokesperson noting: “The regime continues to threaten navigational rights and freedoms in the Gulf as part of a clear attempt to extort the international community into relieving the pressure of sanctions. We join the Republic of Korea’s call for Iran to immediately release the tanker”.
The way IRGC hijacked the South Korean-flagged ship can only be compared with those Somalian sea pirates. This is clearly violation of international maritime law. But policymakers in Tehran or the leaders of IRGC has nothing to fear as the US State Department will soon be filled with people who are sympathetic towards Iran.
Iranian parliament also is feeling energized at the victory of Joe Biden. In November it passed a law that requires the government to expel all International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors from the country if US sanctions are not lifted by February 21. Iranian parliament did this with full confidence that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will do everything in the favor right from January 20 and the sanctions will be lifted much before February 21 deadline.
On the other hand, Biden administration – especially Joe Biden and Kamala Harris must be feeling delighted seeing their Iranian counterpart already paving the path for lifting sanctions by setting February 21 deadline.
Iran not only demands lifting of sanctions and punishing Trump and his men. It also wants compensation for the economic losses it has suffered since Donald Trump pulled the US out of the nuclear deal in 2018. Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani said in 2019: “If you wish more, if you require more, you should give and pay more”.
The regime came up with the judiciary demanding the US pays US$ 130 billion in damages. In September last year, Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif told a forum organization by New York’s Council on Foreign Relations: “Compensate us for our losses”.
The Iranian rogue regime used the same threatening tactics ahead of the signing of the nuclear deal in 2015, where President Barack Obama and his administration’s negotiation team gave unprecedented concessions to the regime, including deal’s sunset clauses, which set an expiration date for the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, and exempting Iran’s military sites from being inspected by the IAEA. In other words – Barack Obama helped Iranian regime in emerging as a rogue nuclear power thus posing gravest threat to the nations in the region – particularly Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
Barack Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was even more enthusiastic in letting Iran gain nuclear power so that she could earn hundreds of millions of dollars from the Arab nations as donations to her family foundation – in exchange for her support to them.
It was a vicious circle in Washington which was working as cohorts of the Iranian rogue regime. Unfortunately, devils are returning to power and this time they certainly will turn Middle East into the most chaotic places on the earth thus finally pushing the Arab nations as well as Israel towards extreme uncertainty.